Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Charles J. Fleischmann Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Charles J. Fleischmann Republican Party
Charles Fleischmann.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Charles J. Fleischmann was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 5, 2012
August 2, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Tennessee has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 3, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8, 2012.[2]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rep. Charles J. Fleischmann (R), who assumed office in 2011.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Scott, Morgan, Roane, Anderson, Union, Campbell, Monroe, McMinn, Polk, and Hamilton counties.[3]

This was the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Mary Headrick
Republican Party Charles J. Fleischmann Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Matthew Deniston

August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Jean Howard-Hill withdrew prior to the primary.[9]

Independent Independents

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mary Headrick 35.5% 91,094
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles J. Fleischmann Incumbent 61.5% 157,830
     Independent Matthew Deniston 3.1% 7,905
Total Votes 256,829
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Tennessee

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Tennessee's 3rd District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 30D / 70R
  • 2010: 34D / 66R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+12, which was the 78th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 62-38 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Charles J. Fleischmann

Charles Fleischmann (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$617,323.20$207,048.00$(64,844.25)$759,526.95
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$759,526.95$213,310.77$(242,299.58)$730,538.14
Running totals

Mary Headrick

Mary Headrick (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$0.00$17,123.00$(13,420.00)$3,703.00
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$3,703.00$16,069.00$(16,930.00)$2,842.00
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Fleischmann won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated John Wolfe and Savas T. Kyriakidis in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 3 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Fleischmann 59.6% 92,032
     Democratic John Wolfe 29.4% 45,387
     Independent Savas T. Kyriakidis 11.1% 17,077
Total Votes 154,496

See also

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